Saturday, January 2, 2016

My Favorite Ten Books of 2015

My 10 Favorite Books of 2015. I kept track of all my reading this year. I set a goal for myself to read 35 books and I kept track on Goodreads. I am not going to make 35 books. I have just started book 32. But, I am not going to say that I failed!! Just that I read a bit slowly. And I am going to keep the same goal for 2016. 35 Books!!

You can click on the titles for links to my reviews.

Now for my favorites from 2015.

 
1. The Book Thief by Markus Zusack. . I was late to this reading party. But one of my favorites for the year.

2. Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand. This is probably my favorite one of the entire year. I did not know much about the history of the war and this was not only an eye-opener for me but very inspirational!!

3. Me Before You by JoJo Moyes. I will remember Will and Lou for a long time to come.

4. Still Alice by Lisa Genova. This book gives you an idea of what a person who is suffering through the early stages of Alzheimer's must feel like. Powerful!!

5. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck. Another book that took me much too long to read. Loved the story. Hated the ending!!

6. Attachments by Rainbow Rowell. (I just love saying her name). Such a cute love story! I need to read more of her books.

7.The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt. This book was like driving by an accident and not wanting to stare, but not being able to help yourself. None of the characters were in any way likeable. Yet, I loved the book.

8. The Silent Gift by Michael Landon, Jr. What an insight into how a woman is trying to make ends meet after her husband leaves her with her deaf mute son and how her husband then takes off with him so he could make money off the kid. The mother is sent to prison and then has to find her son.  A beautiful, tear-jerker of a story.

9. Across Eternity by Aris Whittier. A freebie from Barnes and Nobel that is a surprisingly beautiful love story. I believe I shared this kind of love with Richard.

10. A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman. A beautiful story about a crotchety old man who just wants to die and join his wife in heaven. But real life keeps pulling him back. Love, love, love this book.

What were some of your favorite books in 2015?


29 comments:

  1. Impressive list of books listed as your favorites and good for you for reading as many as you did in 2015 and your goal for 2016! I did read a lot in 2015, none right now (because it is late) stand out (because I'm having trouble remembering them) but I would have to say Kristin Hannah's "The Nightingale" was a great book. I think I might have mentioned it on your blog, or someone else's, but halfway through the book, based in WW2 in Europe, I realized my dad (who emigrated here in the states after the war) was enduring the conditions described in the book. He was in a German war camp; captured as a Polish soldier prisoner of war, but he did endure severe conditions. Since he died when I was so young (18 months) I didn't get to really know him; made me a bit sad reading the book, wishing I had gotten a chance to know him.

    betty

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    1. I will look into the Nightingale. I did not know that your dad was a Polish immigrant. I can imagine how sad it made you reading the book. Did you mom raise you all by herself??

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  2. I read 3 of these books. I will look up the other titles for my 2016 reading list.

    I have been a member of Good Reads for a few years but not active on the site at all. This year I got an invite to set a reading goal for 2016 using Good Reads as a tracking method. Since this year I am all about making 2016 great - I joined by setting my reading goal at 26 - it was hard to set the goal because I didn't have any idea how many books I typically read or listen to in a year. I suspect it is more than 26 but I will find out. I usually have 2 books going at one time - an audio book and a kindle book. I get through a lot of audio books because I listen to them while I clean or cook or walk or drive - I may have grossly underestimated my book goal!
    :-)

    I did spend considerable time browsing on the site this last week - looking at titles, etc. I should have realized that would be a great place to find titles.

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    1. I can spend way too much time on Goodreads. I have set my goal again at 35 and will see if I can reach it this year. I am also signed up with an on-line book club where they discuss the book of the month on YouTube. Should prove to be interesting

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  3. I must tell you that. it was your influence that gave me hours and hours of enjoyment. after you posted your review of The Silent Gift, I researched Michael Landon, Jr.mtomsee what else he had been up to. I really liked the acting work his dad did, so was curious. That's when I found some of the Love Comes Softly films he directed! I watched all of them! So many thanks to you!

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    1. You are more than welcome my friend! I loved his book!!

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  4. I don't know how many books I've read this year. Probably not 32 and definitely not as many as I would have liked! I did add a few books to my Goodreads list from your top 10. I am backed up with at least 6 books on my kindle I have to read yet!

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    1. I know exactly what you mean Jeanette!

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  5. I'm beginning to realize what a great aid is Goodreads! Hopefully, I'll be able to recap 2016 in this manner; yet, anything more than a dozen sounds unrealistic.
    The last book I read had to have been before March 12, 2013 when Caraleigh passed away and Tom became sick ... and I just lost the will to focus.

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    1. You are still a working woman Myra. So I think reading a dozen seems reasonable. I have to read to keep my sanity! I like getting lost in the story!!

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  6. Thank you for this post. I read a few good books this year but for the life of me cant remember the titles as I comment. They were by Jodi Picoult. I am making a note of these books. One of my goals is to read the books I already have on my 2 bookshelves. I have tons and keep buying them.

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    1. I no longer buy books. Most of the ones I read are on my Nook Color. I need to start down-loading them from the library. I love Jody Picoult!!

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  7. Oh, I'm just such a creature of habit. I read the same books over and over, rarely venturing from them anymore. But, I did add all of the Alexander McCall Smith "Ladies' No. 1 Detective Agency" books into rotation. Simple books, nothing terribly upsetting but still intriguing characters and gentle plots to enjoy. I'm intrigued by your list (of Mice and Men is the only one I've read, and I won't do THAT again) and want to start with A Man Called Ove!

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    1. You will simply love A Man Called Ove! I am going to look into your Detective books. I love mysteries!!

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    2. Hey, Ms. Paula: The first book in the series Dame Penniwig mentioned is available for borrowing via the 3M Cloud Library! (hint, hint). Love that series!

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    3. I have to get downtown and set up my pin for 3M Cloud. Maybe this will give me the needed encouragement!! Thanks Gram

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  8. 35 books is a good goal. I think my favorite book from 2015 is The Viper and the Urchin by Celine Jeanjean who is a fellow blogger. It went in a direction I did not expect.

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  9. Many of our favorites are the same. I still have to read A Man called Ove.

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    1. You will very much enjoy it , I think!

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  10. Your books overlap with my favorites from the past few years. So many good books, so little time!

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    1. That is because so many of my recommendations come from you my friend!!

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  11. Thanks Paula for giving us this list .. I've seen the films of a few - but have not read the book - though I have the Book Thief one here. I'll add these to my list - but the shelves are full already!! Cheers and here's to more happy reading for you - Hilary

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    1. The Book Thief is one of my all time favorites!!

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  12. I had a goal of 30 and got to 27 so I'm going for 30 again this year. I've read Me before You and Of Mice and Men from your list. I have Still Alice but not sure I'm ready to read it yet - my mum passed away in 2012 after suffering from Alzheimer's for some years. It's still a raw subject.

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    1. I can't imagine how you feel. It was a very good book from the first person perspective. Your goal sounds great!!

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